RFE/RL's Khadija Ismayilova

Update on International Broadcasting: A Spotlight on Threats to Press Freedom

Inside this issue: On World Press Freedom Day, a Reminder of the Threats Facing Journalists | Board Announces Renewed Strategy for Broadcasts to China | Alhurra Exposes “Syria’s Torture Machine” | Radio & TV Martí Launch “Estado de Sats” | RFA Wins Human Rights Awards | VOA Coverage of the Summit of the Americas | BBG’s Victor Ashe, Rep. Walter Jones Re-Dedicate Murrow Transmitting Station | Fresh off the Presses: BBG’s 2011 Annual Report | Nigerian VP Sambo Visits VOA | Board Stresses Audience Growth and Administrative Consolidation, the Facts about Shortwave, and more…

Honoring Brave and Dedicated BBG Journalists on World Press Freedom Day

As part of the annual World Press Freedom Day commemorations, the BBG has launched a Tumblr page that shines a spotlight on the violence and intimidation facing our journalists around the world. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has produced video report on threats to press freedom in its broadcast region, including the disturbing smear campaign targeting Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan. (VIDEO) Ismayilova has won the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2012 Courage in Journalism award

RFE/RL's Khadija Ismayilova
The International Women’s Media Foundation announced on World Press Freedom Day (May 3) that it would honor RFE’s Ismayilova with its Courage in Journalism award. Watch the videohighlighting her case.

BBG Highlights

The BBG’s Renewed Strategy for China Broadcasts

BBG member Michael Meehan and RFA President Libby Liu meet with the Dalai Lama on April 26.

Board Forges Ahead With China Strategy, Adapted to Modern Media Environment and Audience Needs

The BBG has announced a renewed strategy for broadcasting to China that will be reflected in the ongoing dialogue with Congress about the Agency’s proposed FY 2013 budget. “While the Board understands the reality of the current budget environment,” said BBG member Michael Meehan, “it also perceives a pressing need for the news and information that we provide to be seen and heard across China and Tibet.” more

Alhurra's program: Syria's Torture Machine

A panel on Alhurra TV discusses the brutal torture campaign in Syria.

Alhurra Exposes Torture Program in Syria

Alhurra Television’s April debut of “Syria’s Torture Machine” exposed the widespread and systematic use of torture by Syrian President al-Assad’s security forces. The hard-hitting documentary was followed by a live discussion examining the use of torture by the Syrian regime and the calls by international community to stop the bloodshed. The guest panel on the show featured a former Syrian Army officer and a Syrian activist who was recently detained. more

Estado de SATS

Radio & TV Martí’s Estado de SATS.

Made in Cuba: TV Martí’s “Estado de SATS”

The Cuba-based independent producer of Estado de SATS and TV Martí have united in an effort to better inform the people of Cuba as they adapt to changes on the island. The first Cuban production to air on TV Martí, “Estado de SATS” is produced entirely in Cuba at no cost to the Miami-based broadcaster. more

RFA's Expose of Human Trafficking in Asia

RFA’s site exposes human trafficking in Asia.

RFA Honored at Hong Kong Human Rights Press Awards

Radio Free Asia won two awards at the 16th annual Hong Kong Human Rights Press Awards sponsored by the Foreign Correspondents Club, Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. RFA’s video documentary series on human trafficking in Asia and its Cantonese language story on the humiliation of a Chinese rights advocate were honored. more

Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX), left, David Rivera (R-FL)

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) (1) and Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) wear VOA hats during the Summit of the Americas.

VOA Coverage of the Summit of the Americas

The VOA Spanish Service coverage of the Summit of the Americas in Colombia included live and commissioned reports to sixteen radio and television affiliates. Six television stations throughout the region were provided with live Skype reports throughout the day and special summaries of the day’s events. more

Victor Ashe and Casey Murrow

Victor Ashe (l) and Casey Murrow at the Murrow transmitting station in Greenville, N.C. on May 2.

BBG Re-Dedicates Murrow Transmitting Station

The Broadcasting Board of Governors re-dedicated its Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station on May 2 during a ceremony that honored Murrow, the renowned broadcaster and director of the USIA (1961-1964), and recognized World Press Freedom Day. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Casey Murrow, son of Edward R. Murrow, spoke at the event. more

BBG 2011 Annual Report

The BBG’s 2011 Annual Report

Fresh off the Presses: Impact through Innovation and Integration

Our just-released annual report shows how U.S. international media have been fulfilling their vital role as providers of news and information to people overseas and engaging them in conversations about freedom and democracy. We’ve been innovating to meet the evolving needs of our audiences, and integrating our operations behind the scenes to increase our impact. more

Ensor and Nigerian VP Sambo

VOA Director David Ensor (l) and Nigerian VP Namadi Sambo.

PHOTOS: Nigerian VP Namadi Sambo Visits VOA

Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo paid a courtesy call to VOA headquarters in Washington on April 16, 2012. Mr. Sambo, US Ambassador to Nigeria Ade Adefuye and other officials held private talks with VOA Director David Ensor and BBG Director of Strategy and Development Bruce Sherman, and met with VOA Africa Division staff. more


Strategy, Serving Audiences and Saving Money Top the Agenda at BBG Board Meeting

BBG Strategy Separates Shortwave Fact from Fiction

VOA News Sites Migrate to Pangea CMS, Further BBG Streamlining Efforts

BBG Mission

To inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.

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